Janelle G Dyer, 2009 - 234 pages
A young journalist's life is on the line when he uncovers a terrifying secret... A coordinated terrorist attack destroys not only many great cities but the global economy. Political systems fall as the financial sector crumbles. What would you do without money? Without a job? Without a government to provide social services? Would you speak up if 'unproductive' people were disappearing without a trace? It is decision time for Scott and Sally Ryan and their friends. Trapped in Yellow Zone, they sense time running out for them...
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I'm the kind who puts a book down before finishing the first chapter unless it really draws me in, and that can definitely be said for "Yellow Zone". The opening chapter jumps right into the style in ... Read full review
Although Janelle G. Dyer’s novel, ‘Yellow Zone’, conforms largely to its breed of young adult Christian fiction, there is an aspect which gives it the extra flair it needs to stand out to become an engaging fiction in its own right. Where the scope of its apocalyptic plot would normally send the reader careening into paths of intrigue through the eyes of government officials trying to stop the onslaught of nuclear war, or high powered execs trying to control the mayhem, ‘Yellow Zone’ maintains its lens through the view of a single family, the Ryans, and their friends. Common Australian citizens are suddenly thrust into the wheels of the end times and must cope with a changing world, and the heartache and trials of not only losing everything, but never really knowing why.
This serves Dyer’s larger purpose of pointing out that God is the light to lead them through the dark, and is instantly relatable to her Christian audience. Scott and Sally Ryan go from being typical teens, fleshing out their coming careers and trying to engage in a social life, to suddenly being caught up in a whirlwind of global disasters that reduce their home to rubble and force them to live in Government compounds. Theirs is known as the ‘Yellow Zone’.
Dyer demonstrates a remarkable amount of control in keeping with the themes and narrow boundaries of her chosen medium. Being Christian myself, I can easily understand Dyer’s recurring point of keeping faith when all seems lost. But I’ve also seen Christian fiction to be limited by what it’s trying to teach. You’ll see all those limitations presented here: bad guys are always bad, good guys are always good, Government corporations and terrorists (collected into the groups: Mastermind United Jihad and One World Government) are essentially evil, and there’s a Unified Church to represent false Christian teachings. The only shade of gray comes in the form of Phillip Koppel, who is a Jewish bigot but has a kind heart.
Even within the confines of Christian plot construction Dyer finds a way to represent the horrors of the real world without being overly graphic or preachy. Sally is forced to deal with sexual harassment from her superior workers while Scott must deal with the bigotry of his girlfriend’s Jewish father. Both work within their faith to find a solution, and despite their doubts, Dyer’s ending message is clear: God provides.
‘Yellow Zone’ is a wonderful introductory book for young Christians who are just beginning to discover a world that is not so happy some times. It demonstrates a talent by its author to speak to such fear with gentle and caring gloves that most young adult fiction, both Christian and non-Christian alike, often lack. And her talent as an author keeps the ball rolling non-stop, making the ride as insightful as it is riveting.
Eric of BookReview.com